The U.K. nationwide hotel chain Travelodge has removed Bibles from all of its rooms, in a move criticized by the Church of England.
Bibles provided free by the Gideons have been taken away for “diversity” reasons.
The removals took place after refurbishment work across the hotel chain, which replaced the drawers where Bibles were being kept.
In response, a spokesman for the Church of England said: “It seems both tragic and bizarre that hotels would remove the word of God for the sake of ergonomic design, economic incentive or a spurious definition of the word ‘diversity.'”
Writing on the Telegraph website, commentator Tim Stanley described Travelodge’s decision as “an act of cultural vandalism upon a tradition that goes back 126 years.”
A spokesman for Travelodge said: “The reason is because of diversity. With the country being increasingly multicultural, we didn’t feel it was appropriate to just have the Bible.”
He added: “People were also taking Bibles away and with the redesign of the rooms, it was felt that it would be better to remove them.”
Travelodge is the only hotel chain in the country to have removed the Bibles, despite its never having received a complaint from a guest.
SOURCE: THE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE